November, 2006

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Arbitrary content in an OPC package

    I was up early this morning playing around with some sample Open XML documents when my friend Pedro , an ISV in Portugal, sent me an email with this question: I'm trying to store a file inside the zip file (.docx), but when I open the .docx on word 2007 I get the following error message: «the office open xml file test.docx cannot be opened because there are problems with the contents.» I want to store some files inside the .docx (zip file) for use by other applications without affecting how it...
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    Open XML Images: 3D effects

    One of the key benefits of the Open XML file formats is that they support all of the things you can do in Office documents. If you've created documents in past version of Word, Excel or PowerPoint that have unusual or complex formatting, you can simply save as Open XML (the new default format) from within the Office 2007 clients, and you'll preserve all of the formatting nuances. Every single detail will be preserved in the conversion to Open XML, right down to the angle of the light source for the...
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    Open XML directory of articles

    Last week at TechEd, I often showed developers articles on the web site in answer to their questions. We have quite a collection of code samples on the site now, but I found it a bit clumsy to find the one I was thinking of sometimes because they're sorted in order of publication. So I created some shortcuts on my desktop, and today I collected those shortcuts and added a few more to create an alphabetical directory of all the most-viewed articles on the site. Here's a copy...
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    TechEd booth duty

    Halfway through the first day at TechEd/Barcelona, the Open XML booth has been a lot of fun. There's a very wide range of awareness of Open XML among the attendees (or "delegates"). At one extreme, I've talked to a few people who were impressed by watching me rename a DOCX to .ZIP and drilling down into it. "You mean it's just a ZIP file?" At the other extreme, there are people like Nicolas and Julien (shown with me below). These French developers have built an application that converts a DOCX...
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    Parlez-vous Français?

    If you answer "oui!" you'll want to check out a great resource for French-speaking Open XML developers on the MSDN France site. Here's the link. The site has a growing list of source-code samples in .NET and Java, including an overview of Java manipulation of Open XML written by my friend Julien Chable. Added 11/13: the second part of Julien's series has more great information about Java-based Open XML development, but it's a little hard to find on the site. So here's the link. Enjoy!
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    New articles on

    There are a bunch of new articles on this week, so if you haven't been over there for a while it's worth taking a look. We have new contributions from developers working with Open XML in Java, C#, and C++, including general how-to info and very specific solutions, with lots of new source code to download and check out. I just realized this is the longest gap between posts ever on my blog -- 10 days. I've been busy pulling together a bunch of cool Open XML content, which I...
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    A lot can change in a year

    It's official as of today: the 2007 Microsoft Office System has been released to manufacturing . And coincidentally, today concludes my first year at Microsoft. The day I joined the Office evangelism team, November 7 2005, things were a bit different from today: Office 2007 was in the "dogfood" phase; the first beta version was months away The Open XML file formats hadn't been submitted to Ecma; now the spec is in its final draft form, ready for voting by the General Assemby OpenXmlDeveloper...
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    TechEd video interview

    In Barcelona last week, Nicolas Sorel filmed me answering a few questions from Julien Chable about Open XML. It's on Wygwam's "The Tech-Ed - as if you were there!" page. Just click the link under my name in the list. For you French speakers, Julien also posted on his blog about the conference, including a photo of the popular Open XML t-shirt. Thanks to everyone who dropped by the booth. It was great to hear your thoughts and see so much interest in the new formats. And for those whose email...
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    Open XML Developers at TechEd

    At Microsoft TechEd in Barcelona this week, two announcements were of special interest to Open XML developers: Office RTM -- the 2007 Microsoft Office System has been released to manufacturing. .NET Framework 3.0 Redistributable Package -- you can now distribute Open XML applications built on the System.IO.Packaging API to Windows users. Combined with the availability of the final draft version of the Ecma spec , these exciting developments have boosted interest in Open XML. The schemas...
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    New report on open document formats

    IDC has prepared a report about the move toward open document formats such as Office Open XML and ODF. The report is based on interviews with Nordic firms, and it's nicely open-minded, pointing out that governments have never been able to dictate standards to the marketplace and in the end it's market forces that set durable standards. These concepts have a lot of relevance today. Several governments around the world are in the process of analyzing open document formats and trying to pick a "required...
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